Page last updated at 12:51 GMT, Thursday, 22 January 2009

Police warning to football fans

Police have sent letters to known troublemakers warning them to stay away from the FA Cup match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

Officers said bad behaviour would not be tolerated at the fourth-round game.

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Police are working together to make sure the match goes ahead without trouble.

Anyone believed to be drunk will not be admitted into the Derby ground. About 5,200 Nottingham Forest fans are expected to travel to Pride Park.

Ch Supt Garry Sherwood, from Derbyshire Police, said: "I know that both sets of fans have been looking forward to this fixture ever since the cup draw was made because of the history and the rivalry.

"We have a responsibility to make sure everyone can enjoy the atmosphere and the match as safely as possible."

The match kicks off at 1945 GMT on Friday and a special train service will run from Derby station at 2207 GMT to get fans back to Nottingham.


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